The Phoenix

Verse Indeterminate Saxon

H«bbe ic gefrugnen p«tte is feor heonan eastd«lum on «pelast londa, firum gefr«ge. Nis se foldan sceat ofer middangeard mongum gefere

folcagendra, ac he afyrred is purh meotudes meaht manfremmendum. Wlitig is se wong eall, wynnum geblissad mid pam f«grestum foldan stencum. «nlic is p«t iglond, «pele se wyrhta,

modig, meahtum spedig, se pa moldan gesette. «r bi oft open eadgum togeanes onhliden hleopra wyn, heofonrices duru. p«t is wynsum wong, wealdas grene, rume under roderum. Ne m«g p«r ren ne snaw,

ne forstes fn^st, ne fyres bl«st, ne h«gles hryre, ne hrimes dryre, ne sunnan h«tu, ne sincaldu, ne wearm weder, ne winterscur wihte gewyrdan, ac se wong seoma

eadig ond onsund. Is p«t «pele lond blostmum geblowen. Beorgas p«r ne muntas steape ne stonda, ne stanclifu heah hlifia, swa her mid us, ne dene ne dalu ne dunscrafu,

hl«was ne hlincas, ne p«r hleona oo unsmepes wiht, ac se «pela feld wrida under wolcnum, wynnum geblowen.

Is p«t torhte lond twelfum herra, folde f«mrimes, swa us gefreogum gleawe

witgan purh wisdom on gewritum cypa, ponne «nig para beorga pe her beorhte mid us hea hlifia under heofontunglum. Smylte is se sigewong; sunbearo lixe, wuduholt wynlic. W«stmas ne dreosa,

beorhte blede, ac pa beamas a grene stonda, swa him god bibead. Wintres ond sumeres wudu bi gelice bledum gehongen; n«fre brosnia leaf under lyfte, ne him lig scepe

«fre to ealdre, «rpon edwenden worulde geweore. Swa iu w«tres prym ealne middangeard mereflod peahte, eorpan ymbhwyrft, pa se «pela wong, «ghw«s onsund, wi yfare

gehealden stod hreora w«ga, eadig, unwemme, purh est godes; bide swa geblowen o b«les cyme, dryhtnes domes, ponne dear«ced, h«lepa heolstorcofan, onhliden weorpa.

Nis p«r on pam londe lagenila, ne wop ne wracu, weatacen nan, yldu ne yrmu ne se enga dea, ne lifes lyre, ne lapes cyme, ne synn ne sacu ne sarwracu,

ne w«dle gewin, ne welan onsyn, ne sorg ne sl«p ne swar leger, ne wintergeweorp, ne wedra gebregd, hreoh under heofonum, ne se hearda forst, caldum cylegicelum, cnyse «nigne.

p«r ne h«gl ne hrim hreosa to foldan, ne windig wolcen, ne p«r w«ter feallep, lyfte gebysgad, ac p«r lagustreamas, wundrum wr«tlice, wyllan onspringa f«grum flodwylmum. Foldan leccap

w«ter wynsumu of p«s wuda midle; pa monpa gehwam of p«re moldan tyrf brimcald breca, bearo ealne geondfara, pragum prymlice. Is p«t peodnes gebod, p«tte twelf sipum p«t tirf«ste

lond geondlace lagufloda wynn. Sindon pa bearwas bledum gehongne, wlitigum w«stmum, p«r no wania o, halge under heofonum, holtes fr«twe. Ne fealla p«r on foldan fealwe blostman,

wudubeama wlite, ac p«r wr«tlice on pam treowum symle telgan gehladene, ofett edniwe, in ealle tid on pam gr«swonge grene stondap, gehroden hyhtlice haliges meahtum,

beorhtast bearwa. No gebrocen weorpe holt on hiwe, p«r se halga stenc wunap geond wynlond; p«t onwended ne bi

«fre to ealdre, «rpon endige frod fyrngeweorc se hit on frympe gescop.

one wudu weardap wundrum f«ger fugel feprum strong, se is fenix haten. p«r se anhaga eard bihealdep, deormod drohta; n«fre him deap scepe

on pam willwonge, penden woruld stondep.

Se sceal p«re sunnan si behealdan ond ongean cuman godes condelle, gl«dum gimme, georne bewitigan, hwonne up cyme «pelast tungla ofer ymere estan lixan, f«der fyrngeweorc fr«twum blican, torht tacen godes. Tungol beop ahyded, gewiten under wapeman westd«las on, bideglad on d«gred, ond seo deorce niht won gewite; ponne wapum strong fugel feprum wlonc on firgenstream under lyft, ofer lagu loca georne, hwonne up cyme eastan glidan ofer sidne s« swegles leoma. Swa se «pela fugel «t pam «springe wlitigf«st wuna wyllestreamas, p«r se tireadga twelf sipum hine bibapa in pam burnan «r p«s beacnes cyme, sweglcondelle, ond symle swa oft of pam wilsuman wyllgespryngum brimcald beorge «t baa gehwylcum. Sippan hine sylfne «fter sundplegan heahmod hefe on heanne beam, ponan ypast m«g on eastwegum si bihealdan, hwonne swegles tapur ofer holmpr^ce h«dre blice, leohtes leoma. Lond beo gefr«twad, woruld gewlitegad, sippan wuldres gim ofer geofones gong grund gescinep geond middangeard, m«rost tungla.

Sona swa seo sunne sealte streamas hea oferhlifa, swa se haswa fugel beorht of p«s bearwes beame gewite, fare feprum snell flyhte on lyfte, swinsa ond singe swegle togeanes.

onne bi swa fœger fugles gebœru, onbryrded breostsefa, blissum hremig; wrixle wocrœfte wundorlicor beorhtan reorde, ponne œfre byre monnes hyrde under heofonum, sippan heahcyning,

wuldres wyrhta, woruld stapelode, heofon ond eorpan. Bip pœs hleores sweg eallum songcrœftum swetra ond wlitigra ond wynsumra wrenca gehwylcum. Ne magon pam breahtme byman ne hornas,

ne hearpan hlyn, ne hœlepa stefn œnges on eorpan, ne organan, sweghleopres geswin, ne swanes fere, ne œnig para dreama pe dryhten gescop gumum to gliwe in pas geomran woruld.

Singe swa ond swinsa sœlum geblissad, oppœt seo sunne on surodor sœged weorpe. ponne swia he ond hlyst gefe, heafde onbrygde, prist, ponces gleaw, ond priwa ascœce

fepre flyhthwate; fugol bi geswiged. Symle he twelf sipum tida gemearca dœges ond nihtes. Swa gedemed is bearwes bigengan, pœt he pœr brucan mot wonges mid willum, ond welan neotan,

lifes ond lissa, londes frœtwa, oppœt he pusende pisses lifes, wudubearwes weard, wintra gebidep. onne bi gehefgad haswigfera, gomol, gearum frod, grene eoran

aflyh, fugla wyn, foldan geblowene, ond ponne gesece side rice middangeardes, pœr no men buga eard ond epel. pœr he ealdordom onfeh foremihtig ofer fugla cynn,

gelungen on peode, ond prage mid him westen wearda. ponne wapum strong west gewite wintrum gebysgad fleogan feprum snel. Fuglas pringa utan ymbe «pelne; «ghwylc wille

wesan pegn ond peow peodne m«rum, opp«t hy geseca Syrwara lond corra m«ste. Him se cl«na p«r oscufe scearplice, p«t he in scade wearda, on wudubearwe, weste stowe,

biholene ond bihydde h«lepa monegum. «r he heanne beam on holtwuda wuna ond wearda, wyrtum f«stne under heofunhrofe, pone hata men Fenix on foldan, of p«s fugles noman.

Hafa pam treowe forgiefen tirmeahtig cyning, meotud moncynnes, mine gefr«ge, p«t se ana is ealra beama on eorwege upl«dendra beorhtast geblowen; ne m«g him bitres wiht

scyldum scean, ac gescylded a wuna ungewyrded, penden woruld stonde. onne wind lige, weder bi f«ger, hluttor heofones gim halig scine, beo wolcen towegen, w«tra prype

stille stonda, bip storma gehwylc aswefed under swegle, supan blice wedercondel wearm, weorodum lyhte, onne on pam telgum timbran onginne, nest gearwian. Bi him neod micel

p«t he pa yldu ofestum mote purh gewittes wylm wendan to life, feorg geong onfon. ponne feor ond neah pa swetestan somna ond g«dra wyrta wynsume ond wudubleda

to pam eardstede, «pelstenca gehwone,

wyrta wynsumra, pe wuldorcyning, f«der fryma gehw«s, ofer foldan gescop to indryhtum «lda cynne, swetes under swegle. p«r he sylf biere in p«t treow innan torhte fr«twe;

p«r se wilda fugel in pam westenne ofer heanne beam hus getimbre, wlitig ond wynsum, ond gewica p«r sylf in pam solere, ond ymbsete utan in pam leafsceade lic ond fepre on healfa gehware halgum stencum ond pam «pelestum eorpan bledum. Site sipes fus. ponne swegles gim on sumeres tid, sunne hatost, ofer sceadu scine ond gesceapu dreoge, woruld geondwlite, ponne weore his hus onh«ted purh hador swegl. Wyrta wearmia, willsele styme swetum sw«ccum, ponne on swole byrne purh fyres feng fugel mid neste. B«l bi on«led. ponne brond pece heorodreorges hus, hreoh onette, fealo lig feorma ond fenix byrne, fyrngearum frod. ponne fyr pige l«nne lichoman; lif bi on sie, f«ges feorhhord, ponne fl«sc ond ban adleg «le. Hw«pre him eft cyme «fter fyrstmearce feorh edniwe, sippan pa yslan eft onginna

«fter ligpr«ce lucan tog«dre, geclungne to cleowenne. ponne cl«ne bi beorhtast nesta, b«le forgrunden heaporofes hof; hra bi acolad, banf«t gebrocen, ond se bryne swepra.

ponne of pam ade «ples gelicnes on p«re ascan bi eft gemeted, of pam weaxe wyrm, wundrum fœger, swylce he of œgerum ut alœde, scir of scylle. ponne on sceade weaxe,

pœt he œrest bi swylce earnes brid, fœger fugeltimber; onne furpor gin wrida on wynnum, pœt he bi wœstmum gelic ealdum earne, and œfter pon feprum gefrœtwad, swylc he œt fryme wœs,

beorht geblowen. ponne brœd weorpe eal edniwe eft acenned, synnum asundrad, sumes onlice swa mon to ondleofne eoran wœstmas on hœrfeste ham gelœde,

wiste wynsume, œr wintres cyme, on rypes timan, py lœs hi renes scur awyrde under wolcnum; pœr hi wrae meta, fodorpege gefean, ponne forst ond snaw mid ofermœgne eorpan pecca

wintergewœdum. Of pam wœstmum sceal eorla eadwela eft alœdan purh cornes gecynd, pe œr clœne bi sœd onsawen. ponne sunnan glœm on lenctenne, lifes tacen,

wece woruldgestreon, pœt pa wœstmas beo purh agne gecynd eft acende, foldan frœtwe. Swa se fugel weorpe, gomel œfter gearum, geong edniwe, flœsce bifongen. No he foddor pige,

mete on moldan, nemne meledeawes dœl gebyrge, se dreose oft œt middre nihte; bi pon se modga his feorh afede, oppœt fyrngesetu, agenne eard, eft gesece.

ponne bi aweaxen wyrtum in gemonge fugel feprum deal; feorh bi niwe, geong, geofona ful, ponne he of greote his

lic leopucr«ftig, p«t «r lig fornom, somna, swoles lafe, searwum geg«dra ban gebrosnad, «fter b«lpr«ce, ond ponne gebringe ban ond yslan, ades lafe, eft «tsomne, ond ponne p«t w«lreaf wyrtum bitelde, f«gre gefr«twed. onne afysed bi agenne eard eft to secan. ponne fotum ymbfeh fyres lafe, clam biclyppe, ond his cyppu eft, sunbeorht gesetu, sece on wynnum, eadig epellond. Eall bi geniwad feorh ond feperhoma, swa he «t frympe w«s, pa hine «rest god on pone «pelan wong sigorf«st sette. He his sylfes p«r ban gebringe, pa «r brondes wylm on beorhstede b«le forpylmde, ascan to eacan. ponne eal geador bebyrge beaducr«ftig ban ond yslan on pam ealonde. Bi him edniwe p«re sunnan segn, ponne swegles leoht, gimma gladost, ofer garsecg up,

«peltungla wyn, eastan lixe.

Is se fugel f«ger forweard hiwe, bleobrygdum fag ymb pa breost foran.

Is him p«t heafod hindan grene, wr«tlice wrixled, wurman geblonden.

ponne is se finta f«gre ged«led, sum brun, sum basu, sum blacum splottum searolice beseted. Sindon pa fipru hwit hindanweard, ond se hals grene niopoweard ond ufeweard, ond p«t nebb lixe swa gl«s oppe gim, geaflas scyne innan ond utan. Is seo eaggebyrd stearc ond hiwe stane gelicast, gladum gimme, ponne in goldfate

smipa orponcum biseted weorpe.

Is ymb pone sweoran, swylce sunnan hring, beaga beorhtast brogden ferum.

Wr«tlic is seo womb neopan, wundrum feger, scir ond scyne. Is se scyld ufan fr«twum gefeged ofer p«s fugles b«c.

Sindon pa scancan scyllum biweaxen, fealwe fotas. Se fugel is on hiwe «ghw«s «nlic, onlicost pean, wynnum geweaxen, p«s gewritu secga. Nis he hinderweard, ne hygeg«lsa, swar ne swongor, swa sume fuglas, pa pe late purh lyft laca fiprum, ac he is snel ond swift ond swipe leoht, wlitig ond wynsum, wuldre gemearcad. Ece is se «peling se pe him p«t ead gefe!

ponne he gewite wongas secan, his ealdne eard, of pisse epeltyrf. Swa se fugel fleoge, folcum oeawe mongum monna geond middangeard, ponne somnia supan ond norpan, eastan ond westan, eoredciestum, fara feorran ond nean folca prypum p«r hi sceawiap scyppendes giefe fegre on pam fugle, swa him «t fruman sette sigora socyning sellicran gecynd, fr«twe fegerran ofer fugla cyn.

onne wundria weras ofer eorpan wlite ond w«stma, ond gewritum cypa, mundum mearcia on marmstane, hwonne se d«g ond seo tid dryhtum geeawe fr«twe flyhthwates. onne fugla cynn on healfa gehwone heapum pringa, siga sidwegum, songe lofia, m«ra modigne meaglum reordum, ond swa pone halgan hringe betelda

flyhte on lyfte; fenix bip on middum, preatum biprungen. peoda wlita, wundrum wafia, hu seo wilgedryht wildne weorpia, worn «fter oprum, cr«ftum cypa ond for cyning m«ra

leofne leodfruman, l«da mid wynnum «pelne to earde, opp«t se anhoga ofleoge, feprum snel, p«t him gefylgan ne m«g drymendra gedryht, ponne dugua wyn of pisse eorpan tyrf epel sece.

Swa se ges«liga «fter swylthwile his ealdcype eft geneosa, f«gre foldan. Fugelas cyrra from pam gufrecan geomormode eft to earde. ponne se «peling bi

giong in geardum. God ana wat, cyning «lmihtig, hu his gecynde bi, wifhades pe weres; p«t ne wat «nig monna cynnes, butan meotod ana, hu pa wisan sind wundorlice,

f«ger fyrngesceap, ymb p«s fugles gebyrd. p«r se eadga mot eardes neotan, wyllestreama wuduholtum in, wunian in wonge, opp«t wintra bi pusend urnen. ponne him weorpe

ende lifes; hine ad pece purh «ledfyr. Hw«pre eft cyme aweaht wr«tlice wundrum to life. Forpon he drusende dea ne bisorga, sare swyltcwale, pe him symle wat

«fter ligpr«ce lif edniwe, feorh «fter fylle, ponne fromlice purh briddes had gebreadad weore eft of ascan, edgeong wese under swegles hleo. Bi him self gehw«er

sunu ond sw«s f«der, ond symle eac eft yrfeweard ealdre lafe. Forgeaf him se meahta moncynnes fruma p«t he swa wr«tlice weorpan sceolde eft p«t ilce p«t he «r pon w«s, feprum bifongen, peah hine fyr nime. Swa p«t ece lif eadigra gehwylc «fter sarwr«ce sylf geceose purh deorcne dea, p«t he dryhtnes mot «fter geardagum geofona neotan on sindreamum, ond sippan a wunian in wuldre weorca to leane. pisses fugles gecynd fela gelices bi pam gecornum Cristes pegnum beacna in burgum, hu hi beorhtne gefean purh f«der fultum on pas frecnan tid healdap under heofonum, ond him heanne bl«d in pam uplican ele gestrynap. Habbap we geascad p«t se «lmihtiga worhte wer ond wif purh his wundra sped, ond hi pa gesette on pone selestan foldan sceata, pone fira bearn nemna neorxnawong, p«r him n«nges w«s eades onsyn, penden eces word, halges hleoporcwide, healdan woldan on pam niwan gefean. p«r him nip gescod, ealdfeondes «fest, se him «t gebead, beames blede, p«t hi bu pegun «ppel unr«dum ofer est godes, byrgdon forbodene. p«r him bitter wear yrmpu «fter «te ond hyra eaferum swa, sarlic symbel sunum ond dohtrum. Wurdon teonlice topas idge ageald «fter gylte. H«fdon godes yrre, bittre bealosorge. p«s pa byre sippan gyrne onguldon, pe hi p«t gyfl pegun ofer eces word. Forpon hy eles wyn geomormode ofgiefan sceoldon purh nœdran nip, pa heo nearwe biswac yldran usse in œrdagum

purh fœcne fer, pœt hi feor ponan in pas deadene drohta sohton, sorgfulran gesetu. Him wear selle lif heolstre bihyded, ond se halga wong purh feondes searo fœste bityned

wintra mengu, oppœt wuldorcyning purh his hidercyme halgum togeanes, moncynnes gefea, mepra frefrend, ond se anga hyht, eft ontynde. Is pon gelicast, pœs pe us leorneras

wordum secga, ond writu cypa, pisses fugles gefœr, ponne frod ofgiefe eard ond epel, ond geealdad bi. Gewite werigmod, wintrum gebysgad, pœr he holtes hleo heah gemete,

in pam he getimbre tanum ond wyrtum pam œpelestum eardwic niwe, nest on bearwe. Bi him neod micel pœt he feorhgeong eft onfon mote purh liges blœst lif œfter deape,

edgeong wesan, ond his ealdcypu, sunbeorht gesetu, secan mote œfter fyrbae. Swa a foregengan, yldran usse, anforleton pone wlitigan wong ond wuldres setl,

leoflic on laste, tugon longne si in hearmra hond, pœr him hettende, earme aglœcan, oft gescodan. Wœron hwœpre monge, pa pe meotude wel gehyrdun under heofonum halgum eawum,

dœdum domlicum, pœt him dryhten wear, heofona heahcyning, hold on mode.

«t is se hea beam in pam halge nu wic weardia, p«r him wihte ne m«g ealdfeonda nan atre sceppan, facnes tacne, on pas frecnan tid. p«r him nest wyrce wi nipa gehwam d«dum domlicum dryhtnes cempa, ponne he «lmessan earmum d«le, dugepa leasum, ond him dryhten gecyg, f«der on fultum, for onette, l«nan lifes leahtras dw«scep, mirce mand«de, healde meotudes « beald in breostum, ond gebedu sece cl«num gehygdum, ond his cneo bige

«pele to eorpan, flyh yfla gehwylc, grimme gieltas, for godes egsan, gl«dmod gyrne p«t he godra m«st d«da gefremme; pam bip dryhten scyld in sipa gehwane, sigora waldend, weoruda wilgiefa. pis pa wyrta sind, w«stma blede, pa se wilda fugel somna under swegle side ond wide to his wicstowe, p«r he wundrum f«st wi nipa gehwam nest gewyrce.

Swa nu in pam wicum willan fremma mode ond m«gne meotudes cempan, m«ra tilga; p«s him meorde wile ece «lmihtig eadge forgildan. Beo him of pam wyrtum wic gestapelad in wuldres byrig weorca to leane, p«s pe hi geheoldan halge lare hate «t heortan, hige weallende d«ges ond nihtes dryhten lufia, leohte geleafan leofne ceosa ofer woruldwelan; ne bip him wynne hyht p«t hy pis l«ne lif long gewunien. pus eadig eorl ecan dreames,

heofona hames mid heahcyning earna on eine, opp«t ende cyme dogorrimes, ponne dea nime, wiga w«lgifre, w«pnum gepryped, ealdor anra gehw«s, ond in eorpan fern snude sende sawlum binumene l«ne lichoman, p«r hi longe beo o fyres cyme foldan bipeahte. onne monge beo on gemot l«ded fyra cynnes; wile f«der engla, sigora socyning, seonop gehegan, dugua dryhten, deman mid ryhte.

ponne «riste ealle gefremmap men on moldan, swa se mihtiga cyning beode, brego engla, byman stefne ofer sidne grund, sawla nergend. Bi se deorca dea dryhtnes meahtum eadgum geendad. «ele hweorfa, preatum pringa, ponne peos woruld, scyldwyrcende, in scome byrne, ade on«led. Weorpe anra gehwylc forht on ferppe, ponne fyr brice l«ne londwelan, lig eal pige eoran «htgestreon, «pplede gold gifre forgripe, gr«dig swelge londes fr«twe. ponne on leoht cyme «ldum pisses in pa openan tid f«ger ond gefealic fugles tacen, ponne anwald eal up astelle of byrgenum, ban geg«dra, leomu lic somod, ond lifes g«st, fore Cristes cneo. Cyning prymlice of his heahsetle halgum scine, wlitig wuldres gim. Wel bip pam pe mot in pa geomran tid gode lician. «r pa lichoman, leahtra cl«ne, gonga gl«dmode, g«stas hweorfa

in banfatu, ponne bryne stige heah to heofonum. Hat bi monegum egeslic «led, ponne anra gehwylc, sof«st ge synnig, sawel mid lice, from moldgrafum sece meotudes dom,

forhtaf«red. Fyr bi on tihte, «le uncyste. p«r pa eadgan beo «fter wr«chwile weorcum bifongen, agnum d«dum. p«t pa «pelan sind wyrta wynsume, mid pam se wilda fugel

his sylfes nest bisete utan, p«t hit f«ringa fyre byrne, forswele under sunnan, ond he sylfa mid, ond ponne «fter lige lif eft onfeh edniwinga. Swa bi anra gehwylc

fl«sce bifongen fira cynnes, «nlic ond edgeong, se pe his agnum her willum gewyrce p«t him wuldorcyning meahtig «t pam m«ple milde geweorpe. ponne hleopria halge g«stas,

sawla sof«ste, song ahebba, cl«ne ond gecorene, herga cyninges prym, stefn «fter stefne, stiga to wuldre wlitige gewyrtad mid hyra weld«dum. Beo ponne amerede monna g«stas,

beorhte abywde purh bryne fyres. Ne wene p«s «nig «lda cynnes p«t ic lygewordum leo somnige, write wocr«fte. Gehyra witedom Iobes gieddinga. purh g«stes bl«d

breostum onbryrded, beald reordade, wuldre geweorad; he p«t word gecw«: "Ic p«t ne forhycge heortan geponcum, p«t ic in minum neste neobed ceose, h«le hrawerig, gewite hean ponan

on longne si, lame bitolden, geomor gudœda, in greotes fœm, ond ponne œfter deape purh dryhtnes giefe swa se fugel fenix feorh edniwe

dreamas mid dryhten, pœr seo deore scolu leofne lofia. Ic pœs lifes ne mœg œfre to ealdre ende gebidan, leohtes ond lissa. peah min lic scyle on moldœrne molsnad weorpan

wyrmum to willan, swa peah weoruda god œfter swylthwile sawle alyse ond in wuldor awece. Me pœs wen nœfre forbirste in breostum, e ic in brego engla forweardne gefean fœste hœbbe."

us frod guma on fyrndagum gieddade gleawmod, godes spelboda, ymb his œriste in ece lif, pœt we py geornor ongietan meahten tirfœst tacen pœt se torhta fugel

purh bryne beacna. Bana lafe, ascan ond yslan, ealle gesomna œfter ligbryne, lœdep sippan fugel on fotum to frean geardum, sunnan togeanes. pœr hi sippan for

wunia wintra fela, wœstmum geniwad, ealles edgiong, pœr œnig ne mœg in pam leodscype lœppum hwopan. Swa nu œfter deae purh dryhtnes miht somod sipiap sawla mid lice,

fœgre gefrœtwed, fugle gelicast, in eadwelum œpelum stencum, pœr seo sopfœste sunne lihte wlitig ofer weoredum in wuldres byrig. onne sofœstum sawlum scine

heah ofer hrofas h«lende Crist. Him folgia fuglas scyne, beorhte gebredade, blissum hremige, in pam gladan ham, g«stas gecorene, ece to ealdre. p«r him yfle ne m«g

fah feond gemah facne sceppan, ac p«r lifga a leohte werede, swa se fugel fenix, in freopu dryhtnes, wlitige in wuldre. Weorc anra gehw«s beorhte blice in pam blipan ham

fore onsyne ecan dryhtnes, symle in sibbe, sunnan gelice.

p«r se beorhta beag, brogden wundrum eorcnanstanum, eadigra gehwam hlifa ofer heafde. Heafelan lixa,

prymme bipeahte. eodnes cynegold sof«stra gehwone sellic glenge leohte in life, p«r se longa gefea, ece ond edgeong, «fre ne swepra, ac hy in wlite wunia, wuldre bitolden

f«grum fr«twum, mid f«der engla. Ne bi him on pam wicum wiht to sorge, wroht ne wepel ne gewindagas, hungor se hata ne se hearda purst, yrmpu ne yldo. Him se «pela cyning

forgife goda gehwylc. p«r g«sta gedryht h«lend herga ond heofoncyninges meahte m«rsia, singa metude lof. Swinsa sibgedryht swega m«ste h«dre ymb p«t halge heahseld godes,

blipe bletsia bregu selestan eadge mid englum, efenhleopre pus: "Sib si pe, so god, ond snyttrucr«ft, ond pe ponc sy prymsittendum geongra gyfena, goda gehwylces.

Micel, unm«te m«gnes strengu,

heah ond halig! Heofonas sindon fœgre gefylled, fœder œlmihtig, ealra prymma prym, pines wuldres, uppe mid englum ond on eoran somod.

Gefreopa usic, frympa scyppend! pu eart fœder œlmihtig in heannesse, heofuna waldend."

us reordia ryhtfremmende, manes amerede, in pœre mœran byrig;

cyneprym cypa, caseres lof singa on swegle sofœstra gedryht, pam anum is ece weormynd for butan ende. Nœs his frym œfre, eades ongyn. peah he on eorpan her purh cildes had cenned wœre in middangeard, hwœpre his meahta sped heah ofer heofonum halig wunade, dom unbryce. peah he deapes cwealm on rode treow rœfnan sceolde, pearlic wite, he py priddan dœge

œfter lices hryre lif eft onfeng purh fœder fultum. Swa fenix beacna, geong in geardum, godbearnes meaht, ponne he of ascan eft onwœcne in lifes lif, leomum gepungen.

Swa se hœlend us helpe gefremede purh his lices gedal, lif butan ende, swa se fugel swetum his fipru tu ond wynsumum wyrtum gefylle, fœgrum foldwœstmum, ponne afysed bi.

pœt sindon pa word, swa us gewritu secga, hleopor haligra, pe him to heofonum bi, to pam mildan gode, mod afysed in dreama dream, pœr hi dryhtne to giefe worda ond weorca wynsumne stenc in pa mœran gesceaft meotude bringa, in pœt leohte lif. Sy him lof symle

purh woruld worulda, ond wuldres bl«d, ar ond onwald, in pam uplican rodera rice. He is on ryht cyning middangeardes ond m«genprymmes, wuldre biwunden in p«re wlitigan byrig. Hafa us alyfed lucis auctor p«t we motun her merueri, godd«dum begietan gaudia in celo, p«r we motun maxima regna secan ond gesittan sedibus altis, lifgan in lisse lucis et pacis, agan eardinga alm« letitie, brucan bl«ddaga, blandem et mitem geseon sigora frean ond him lof singan eadge mid englum.

sine fine, laude perenne, Alleluia.

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